BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The year is half
over, and NASA scientists say it was the
hottest six months on record.
January’s blizzard may have brought
winter to Maryland with a vengeance, but
as notable as it was, it wasn’t the norm
for early 2016.
NASA researchers found the first six
months of the year weren’t just warmer
than usual, they were also the warmest
since record keeping began in 1880.
“This is really important, because if it’s
hot and dry then we have problems like
forest fires, like drought,” says Dr.
Compton Tucker, of the NASA Goddard
Space Flight Center. “This is what really
concerns us.”
Hotter, drier conditions fueled not only the
massive wild fire in Canada this spring,
but the outbreak of small brush fires in
Maryland.
Record warmth is even heating up the
planet’s coldest places.
“It’s a big deal, especially in terms of ice
on the planet,” Tucker says.
Ice in the Arctic started melting earlier in
the year than normal. NASA researchers
in Greenland have already been charting
the losses — which they do through
ground stations, aircraft and a network of
satellites.
The more water is released, the more sea
levels will rise, which is a very real threat
for Maryland.

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